Observer among winners at an evening of excellence

Jamaica Observer photographer Gregory Bennett and reporter Alicia Sutherland at the Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s recent awards banquet, where the newspaper copped the Flow-sponsored award for extraordinary media support from two other media houses that were nominated.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester – Twelve companies, including the Jamaica Observer, walked away winners at the Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet recently. The newspaper was recognised in the media category for its coverage in the parish, Sagicor Bank for financial services ... Read More

Junelle Bromfield (centre) has a quiet word with Dr David McBean, chairman of the Supreme Ventures Foundation, at the recent function at STETHS. At left is Ovril Evanks of Supreme Ventures Foundation. In honour of Junelle
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth – Outstanding junior athlete Junelle Bromfield, who is the Courtney W ... Read More

A historic church in Maidstone. The village in north-west Manchester was one of the first communities for the newly freed after the abolition of slavery in the 1830s. North-west Manchester looks to community tourism
MILE GULLY, Manchester – With plans afoot by bauxite company JAMALCO to mine farm lands in nor ... Read More

Road racers just before the start of the High Mountain Coffee 10K . High Mountain road race festival good, organisers say
WILLIAMSFIELD, Manchester – They are still unsure if they have met their objective, raising $1 ... Read More

Alpart preaches safety first

Monday, February 08, 2016    

A view of the red mud lake at Warminister in SE St Elizabeth last week.

NAIN, St Elizabeth – Bauxite/alumina company RUSAL Alpart Jamaica recently celebrated 25 years of involvement with the Home, School and Street (HSS) Safety Programme. The programme seeks to entrench basic safety principles and behaviour in schools located in Alpart’s mining areas of south Manchester and south-east St Elizabeth. A news release from Alpart said 100 students from 18 primary, all-age and high schools gathered at Alpart Sports Club at Nain to participate in safety tra ... Read More

Crossing wardens trained to become road safety warriors

Monday, February 08, 2016    

Wardens receive instructions from Merlene Palmer (right) as they prepare to demonstrate how to help students cross the road as part of the training that was held recently at Halse Hall Great House.

MAY PEN, Clarendon – Fifty school crossing wardens from Clarendon and south Manchester were recently trained to become road safety “ambassadors”, according to a news release from bauxite/alumina company, Jamalco. Halse Hall-based Jamalco, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), and the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport, Works & Housing hosted the activity at Halse Hall Great House as part of the Jamalco Road Safety Programme. Manager of Corporate Services at J ... Read More

88-year-old road racer plans to keep running

Monday, February 08, 2016    

Road racer Roy Thomas receives a trophy and a gift basket from event co-ordinator Annette Salmon shortly after he completed the High Mountain Coffee 10K Road Race.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — He will turn 89 years old on May 21, but veteran road race runner Roy Thomas has no intention of stopping. Thomas, called ‘Maas Roy’ by friends and fans, recently participated in the 33rd renewal of the High Mountain Coffee 10K Road Race and he plans to do so again next year. “Yes, if I live, definitely,” Thomas told the Jamaica Observer Central by telephone last week in reply to a direct question. Thomas has only missed “one or two ... Read More

Hosts strong at STETHS Invitational

Monday, February 08, 2016    

Edwin Allen High’s Janique Burger, winner of the Class 3 Girls’ High Jump with a leap of 1.70 metres.

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Students from south-central high schools were outstanding at the 33rd staging of the Grace/STETHS Invitational athletics meet recently. Hosts St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and north Clarendon school Edwin Allen High accounted for most of the 14 records ahead of the ISSA/Grace Boys’ and Girls’ Championship scheduled for March at the National Stadium. The records: Class 1 Girls’ 1500m, Junelle Bromfield (STETHS) 4 minutes 46.22 ... Read More

Redman says North East St Elizabeth not on shaky ground

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, January 31, 2016    

Redman...I have not seen one independent candidate that has made it in Jamaica

People’s National Party (PNP) candidate for North East St Elizabeth Evon Redman is confident that the party will retain the rural seat when Jamaicans go to the polls, despite strong opposition from several factions within the constituency. Redman made the declaration during an interview with the Jamaica Observer at his Santa Cruz business place last week, even as tension mounts within the constituency since he was ratified by the party. There is also growing concern that the seat might no ... Read More

Hutchinson oozing confidence in St Elizabeth

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-Large myersg@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, January 31, 2016    

HUTCHINSON... JLP already has two safe seats in St Elizabeth

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth – Veteran parliamentarian JC Hutchinson says his Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is certain of two seats in St Elizabeth in the upcoming parliamentary election, and if things go according to plan the party could take all four. “At this point in time we are sure of two seats, South West and North West, and we are working on South East and North East,” Hutchinson told the Jamaica Observer by telephone on Friday. Currently the ruling People’s ... Read More

‘BPO is not lotto scamming’

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, January 29, 2016    

Manager of strategic initiatives for Sutherland Global’s Jamaica operations Olivia Leigh Campbell making a point at the meeting in Mandeville. Also in photo are associate vice-president of global strategic initiatives Peter Michel (right) and associate manager of safety and security Demar Shields.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Sutherland Global Services business process outsourcing (BPO) centre, which recently expanded operations to this south-central town, and local community leaders are taking no chances. They are moving to quickly dispel any misconception that business process outsourcing activities are linked to lotto scamming. This comes against the backdrop that BPO establishments, like Sutherland Global, depend heavily on call centres to operate. During a recent meeting involv ... Read More

Rival MPs working together in northern Clarendon

Monday, January 25, 2016    

MPs Horace Dalley (left) of the ruling People’s National Party and Pearnel Charles (right) of the Jamaica Labour Party are collaborating closely on the bridge project in Kupuis, Pennants. At centre is Casuel Pinnock of the JLP. He will be opposing Dalley in upcoming elections.

Pennants, Clarendon — They are on opposing political sides but Member of Parliament for Clarendon Northern Horace Dalley (PNP) and MP for Clarendon North Central Pearnel Charles (JLP) are working closely together to ensure successful completion of a $700-million bridge project. When it’s completed the 67-metre, two-lane, reinforced concrete bridge at Kupuis, Pennants will replace a 100-year-old, single-lane structure which experts say is increasingly at risk. The bridge is at the ... Read More

High Mountain time again!

Monday, January 25, 2016    

File photo shows Roy Thomas, popularly called ‘Mass Roy’, now in his high eighties, approaching the finish line of last year’s High Mountain Coffee 10K road race, cheered on by a large crowd who had stayed on just for him.  For most of its 33 years, Thomas has been a participant in the High Mountain Coffee 10K road race.

Mandeville, Manchester — Residents of Williamsfield and surrounding communities in Manchester are gearing up for the 33rd staging of the annual High Mountain Coffee Road Race set for Sunday, January 31. “We expect another highly successful event,” meet director, Maurice Westney told Jamaica Observer. Road racers from overseas as well as leading Jamaican distance runners are expected to compete. Among the high schools scheduled to be represented are Edwin Allen High, St Eli ... Read More

Cheer for the children

Monday, January 25, 2016    

Regional director for BMR Ava Tomlin now has a new friend. (Photos: BMR & Gregory Bennett)

BMR Jamaica Wind Ltd, which is building a wind farm in Malvern, St Elizabeth, sought to bring cheer to children during the festive season last month. Here are photo highlights of visits to the paediatric ward at the Mandeville Regional Hospital and Windsor Lodge Children’s Home in Manchester, as well as Black River Hospital in St Elizabeth. Read More



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